In an unstable economy and slow recovering housing market, many families are faced with the reality that their current home, may become their “forever” home. With each year, families grow, change, and adapt to make their living environment enjoyable and plan for the future. Often times, you or your loved ones do not consider how the layout of their home, or the accessibility can effect them years from now until it becomes a problem. Growing old in your home and planning to “Age in Place” by choosing a remodel design with your future in mind can make the transition easy and worry free.
What may have been your dream home when you first purchased it can become less functional as you grow older. However, there are certain types of remodels that can aid in your ability to “age in place.” Features to consider may be lower levels for the sinks or counter tops, larger spaces in order to better handle wheelchairs or walkers, as well as installations of grab bars. Addressing these concerns when you are planning a remodel can make it easy to make the decision to stay in your home and benefit you and your loved ones for years to come. Safety and prevention are the main concerns for aging adults and many safety features can also benefit families with small children and make the home a safe place for everyone.
First floor bathroom addition can be an expensive undertaking if there is not one already on the first floor. However, the benefits can be immense when you consider immediacy of needing a bathroom as well as mobility issues to reach a second floor. Adding a first-floor bathroom can be more convenient and cost-effective than installing a stair-lift or elevator.
For more information or ideas about remodeling for safety and putting your mind at ease for the future, the following articles are good Aging in Place resources and can help get started on making your current home, your forever home!